Conexión Del Río/Staff Report

DEL RIO – Val Verde County Sheriff, Joe Frank Martinez, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas at their 138th Annual Training Conference held in Grapevine, July 23-26, 2016.

More than 1,500 participants were in attendance at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center where they heard outstanding speakers, had opportunities for significant and timely training sessions, and visited more than 240 exhibits showcasing some of the latest technology in law enforcement.

Sheriff Martinez has been the Sheriff of Val Verde County since January 2009. He distinguishes himself in his county and throughout the State as he assumes this leadership role in the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas.

The Sheriffs’ Association of Texas is one of the oldest law enforcement associations in the nation. The Sheriffs of Texas met for the first time on August 14, 1874, in the courthouse in Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas. The meeting was called to order by Sul Ross, Sheriff of McLennan County, who later became a notable part of Texas history.

The Sheriffs of Texas began annual training conferences in 1878. These training conferences today are the largest composite gathering of law enforcement officers in Texas. Sheriffs and other county and local law enforcement officers, federal and state officers, and major industry security personnel attend.

In addition to the annual training conferences, the association conducts training throughout the year for law enforcement officers. The Sheriffs’ Association of Texas serves as a liaison with federal, state, county and municipal agencies and associations to promote cooperation, training, education, and more efficient services to the citizens of Texas.